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Pathways to Impact Investing

Posted By Jaime Gusching, Global Social Benefit Institute at Santa Clara University, Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
There is a growing interest to combine personal investment choices with meaningful social and environmental impact. Coined in 2007, Impact Investing now encompasses a broad array of investment choices.

Pathways to Impact Investing will help you understand the sector landscape, plan your impact strategy, and learn from other impact investors how they make direct and indirect investments. 

This case‐led 3 day course, October 27 to 29, 2014, is hosted by Santa Clara University in collaboration with Toniic, SV2 and The Philanthropy Workshop – and presents a practical guide for investors. John Kohler, ANDE's member of the year, will be spearheading the program. 
Pathways to Impact Investing is oriented toward asset owners and advisors who are serious about including impact in their investment choices. 

Participants will come away with a better understanding of investment choices and impact measures, techniques for assembling a portfolio, and a personalized action plan for making impact investments. 

Learn more and register here

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Tags:  Finance  Financing Mechanisms  impact investing  impact investment  social entrepreneurship 

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Can crowdfunding help the 'missing middle' ?

Posted By Olivier Lafourcade, Investisseurs & Partenaires, Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In its last article, the Devex Impact reporter Adva Saldinger presents how crowdfunding, this innovation and powerful tool efficiently addresses the challenge of financing the missing middle in Africa.

Kiva, a US-based web platform helps raise large capital amounts at a very low cost to finance social business projects. For example, within 30 hours I&P has successfully raised a $ 15,000 loan to develop and implement a solar-powered engine to help deliver clean tap water in Mauritania.

David Munnich from I&P answers Adva’s questions on the opportunities and limits of this new financing instrument.

Read the article

Tags:  crowdfunding  impact investment  investisseurs&partenaires  missing middle 

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New 5-part blog series on impact investing

Posted By Global Partnerships, Monday, June 30, 2014

Throughout July 2014, Global Partnerships will be rolling out a 5-part guest blog series on impact investing that presents the variety of perspectives of different actors in the impact investing space:

  • wealth advisor - Arabella Advisors (“How wealth advisors can facilitate impact investments” published on June 24:;
  • philanthropic investor - Shell Foundation (“Four ways to use grant funding to catalyze innovation and de-risk early-stage enterprises”  to be published July 1);
  • institutional investor - OPIC (“Investing for social and financial returns: OPIC’s perspective” to be published the week of July 7);
  • impact evaluator - FSG (to be published the week of July 14); and
  •  social enterprise - Luciérnaga LLC (“Challenges and Opportunities for Social Enterprises” to be published the week of July 21).

Each actor provides insight into:

  • their role in the impact investing space,
  • the challenges they face, and
  • the optimism they hold for creating and measuring impact.

This blog series will provide readers with a unique insider’s view from the vantage point of different players throughout the impact investing sector. The series will also inform readers about the opportunity to create lasting social change through these various actors. To get the blog series delivered to you inbox, please subscribe to Global Partnerships' blog by entering your email here or entering your email in the subscription box at the top right corner of

Tags:  impact evaluation  impact investing  impact investment  Philanthropy  social ent  social enterprise 

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GrowthAfrica's Agribusiness Accelerator: Upcoming Deadline 5/31/2014

Posted By Patricia Jumi, GrowthAfrica, Saturday, April 12, 2014
Updated: Saturday, April 12, 2014

GrowthAfrica’s Agribusiness Accelerator program seeks 12 -15 innovative and scalable solutions in the agriculture sector that are solving gaps in agricultural value chains and delivering products and services that will enhance the effectiveness and livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Kenya and the wider east Africa.

The applications open on April 14, 2014. Apply today! And also help us spread the word!

About GrowthAfrica’s Agribusiness Accelerator
The 5-month Agribusiness Accelerator program takes post-revenue, pre-profit, early stage agribusinesses on a journey that will see them increase the rate and scope of their success. The program will offer expert facilitation, peer learning and mentorship by some of Kenya’s most successful entrepreneurs, C-suite executives and sector specialists, and a chance for the cohort to raise up to USD 500,000 in investments. The program is leveraging GrowthAfrica’s award-winning learning tool, the ImpactCompass™ which has proven to be one of the most effective tools for business analysis and planning.

How to apply

Organisations and entrepreneurs that are interested in applying can send us an email at: . The Agribusiness Accelerator Program runs yearly. More information on the program and how to apply can be found on:


Tags:  agriculture  ANDE Members  Business Models  business training  Crowdfunding  East Africa  Entrepreneurship  impact investment  mentors  SGBs; accelerators; East Africa  Social entrepreneurship  Women 

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A new crowdfunding experience for more impacts in Africa!

Posted By Olivier Lafourcade, Investisseurs & Partenaires, Friday, March 28, 2014
Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014

For the first time, Investisseurs & Partenaires partners with Kiva, the American crowdfunding web platform.

Over the past decade, Africa has experienced unprecedented growth, with 5-6% growth rate at the continent level. However, this growth remains heterogeneous, fragile, insufficient and unevenly distributed. Small and medium-sized enterprise (SMEs) are at the core of the African economic fabric; they are the largest contributors to job creation and are key actors for political and social stability. However, most of these SMEs lack access to the necessary funding that will fuel their growth. Since 2002, I&P has supported more than 45 companies in over 13 African countries, contributing to create and retain more than 1,400 jobs.

Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P) considers crowdfunding, this participative finance tool, as complementary to its existing financial instruments. I&P has decided to partner with Kiva, the US-based crowdfunding pioneer, which has raised more than $500 million from 1.2 million internet users since its inception in 2005. The Kiva web platform brings together thousands of individuals and micro-borrowers in order to help them start or expand their businesses or finance a personal project, contributing to alleviate poverty across the world.

The pilot is a project by CDS, a Mauritanian company in the IPDEV portfolio since 2009. It will be online on for funding next week. With this innovation, I&P continues to drive its mission of promoting a new generation of African entrepreneurs who will contribute to the emergence of a sustainable and dynamic private sector on the continent.  

Tags:  crowdfunding  impact investment  sustainable energy 

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